Sunday Sun - - Football -

Heaton Stan­ning­ton score one of their three goals against Crook Town, but the Ebac North­ern League clash ended 3-3 de­flected off Stan de­fender Dean Dea­gle and drib­bled past the far post.

With the half com­ing to a close, the Stan took the ini­tia­tive and only the wood­work pre­vented Jones from grab­bing his sec­ond of the day.

The mid­fielder curled a cor­ner kick di­rectly against the near post, with Lid­di­cott scram­bling across his goal.

Crook could and should have been in front at the break, as Dan Pigg rounded Mullen and looked set to tap into an empty net.

How­ever, a quite bril­liant last-ditch tackle from Jor­dan Ray kept the scores level go­ing into the in­ter­val.

The Stan were ahead two min­utes into the sec­ond half as Andrew Robert­son stabbed home his first goal for the club.

The striker al­most grabbed a sec­ond five min­utes later, but Lid­di­cott tipped his ris­ing ef­fort against the bar and away to safety.

Crook got an equaliser on the hour mark, al­though it had more to do with a poor de­ci­sion from Stan keeper Mullen than any qual­ity from the vis­i­tors.

A loop­ing free-kick was sent into the Stan area and Mullen raced from his line to col­lect the cross.

But he was beaten in the air by Paul and the striker headed past Mullen and into the net.

Sub­sti­tute Richie Hog­gins put the hosts back in front with 10 min­utes left as he rose to meet a cor­ner and pow­ered a header past Lid­di­cott from 10 yards.

But there was one fi­nal st­ing in the tail as Crook snatched a point.

Chris Emms stepped up to curl a sub­lime free-kick past Mullen and en­sured that the two sides shared the points on a chilly day at Groun­sell Park.


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